Chelsea will have to reorganise their furniture if they are to accommodate the interstellar signing of Erling Haaland this summer.

If what the Athletic reported is true about Chelsea wanting to buy the most prestigious talent on the planet, then a serious effort will have to be made in housing him at Stamford Bridge.

Borussia Dortmund v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga
DORTMUND, GERMANY – OCTOBER 03: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Sport-Club Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park on October 03, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. A limited number of fans have been allowed into the stadium as COVID-19 precautions ease in Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Breaking open several piggy banks and collecting any spare change in order to lure him away from Borussia Dortmund is just the first stepping stone.

Frank Lampard will then need to make a verdict over who makes way from his already star-studded squad for the seismic striker.

Without a doubt, Haaland would be Chelsea’s first-choice forward if he leaves Dortmund this year. It would be irrefutable to leave out a player who has scored 63 goals in 57 games since the start of last season. Or to omit the 2020 Golden Boy winner.

Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga
DORTMUND, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 19: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund shows appreciation to the fans following the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park on September 19, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. Fans are set to return to Bundesliga stadiums in Germany despite to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Up to 20% of stadium’s capacity are allowed to be filled. Final decisions are left to local health authorities and are subject to club’s hygiene concepts and the infection numbers in the corresponding region. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

To put into context, that is 18 more than Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud have scored combined in the same period.

And it is likely they shall be the pair to be ushered aside as Haaland takes centre stage, if he is to join. Giroud’s future has been on tenterhooks for a while and this is perhaps the final nail in his coffin.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea looks dejected during the Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on January 16, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Abraham has the backing of his manager but may have to accept his role as understudy for cup competitions and lesser games.

Perhaps the most intriguing dilemma is that of Timo Werner. Haaland would be following in the footsteps of the German, both arriving with big expectations for big bucks from the Bundesliga.

Werner has yet to find the form of 95 goals for RB Leipzig that made him such lucrative purchase. Upon Haaland’s heavy arrival, Lampard might permanently shift him out wide like he’s done on numerous occasions this campaign.

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Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard (L) walks off the pitch with Chelsea’s German striker Timo Werner after the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage in London on January 16, 2021. – Chelsea won the match 1-0. (Photo by Clive Rose / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CLIVE ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Therefore, the opportunities for one Chelsea winger would be slashed considerably. Considering the £40m (The Guardian) and £57.6m (Sky Sports) spent on Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic respectively, Lampard is unlikely to displace them for financial reasons.

This leaves Callum Hudson-Odoi as the outlier. He has been subjected to starting on the bench more than his fair share this term, a job he doesn’t deserve to be filling.  

The 20-year-old has plenty of interested suitors he run to if Chelsea overlook him, none more so than Bayern Munich. Hudson-Odoi may be the crucial trade to ensure Haaland’s priceless signature.

Chelsea v Aston Villa - Premier League
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
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